Recovery Programs Available in College Institutions

According to The Wall Street Journal an expanding amount of colleges are establishing recovery programs for students.

Texas Tech University in Lubbock is the leader of these programs since they were the first university to begin a recovery program. Texas Tech features 12-step courses, classes on relapse deterrence, chances for academic scholarships and a peaceful area for those who wish to meditate.

This summer, in an attempt to promote this concept a group of about 20 colleges formed the Association for Recovery in Higher Education. By creating recovery communities the colleges are featuring on-campus clubhouses, recovery courses, academic support and recreational opportunities. Students who are leaving treatment are advised to live at home and commute to class until they feel confident in their sobriety

Georgia’s Kennesaw State University is the founding member of the Association for Recovery in Higher Education. The program was launched in 2008 with only three members. Now it has grown in the community of 50 recovering students. This fall the University of Michigan and Penn State will introduce new recovery programs. They expect to ultimately help hundreds of students, and also the adult children of substance abusers.

Students between the ages of 18 to 24 are increasingly seeking substance abuse treatment at a growing rate, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. During 2000 and 2009 the number of students seeking drug abuse assistance more than doubled.

Without the help of treatment, students are left to fend for themselves and often drop out or flunk out. The heavy use of alcohol is highest among American college students ages 20 to 22.

The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech states that this program has saved 30,000 students which are about 2% of tuition revenue each year. Currently there are about 80 students in the “collegiate recovery community.” Requirements for membership include a one-credit class in relapse prevention each semester; satisfy 10 hours of community service and diligent involvement in a recovery program.


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